A para-horsewoman in the West End and suffragettes who refuse the side-saddle – two headlines from 1910

“A HORSEWOMAN WITHOUT HANDS

The spectacle of a young horsewoman riding astride, and with no hands was witnessed in the West End of London on Saturday. The lady, who appeared to be at perfect ease on horseback, despite her physical infirmity, had a pair of dummy hands attached to the stumps of her arms, and by means of these she was able to guide her horse.”

“MOUNTED SUFFRAGETTES RIDE ASTRIDE

In the woman suffrage procession in London, on Saturday, the ‘General’ Mrs. Drummond, was in a trooper’s greatcoat of dark green, belted at the waist, and the round, broad-leaved beaver hat associated with the French cure. Her two mounted aides-de-camp, the Hon. Mrs. Haverfield and Mrs Vera Holme, wore smart riding gowns and tall silk hats. The three ladies discarded the side-saddle, and rode, like men, astride.”
Wells Journal, Thursday 23 June 1910.

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